Patrick Sheltra Looks To Rebound In Gateway MADISON, Illinois (Wednesday, August 29, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Patrick Sheltra heads to Gateway International Raceway looking to rebound from a disappointing finish...
Patrick Sheltra Looks To Rebound In Gateway
MADISON, Illinois (Wednesday, August 29, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Patrick Sheltra heads to Gateway International Raceway looking to rebound from a disappointing finish last Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile and put his impressive season back on track.
[IMAGE]Sheltra, driving the No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo headed into Milwaukee on the heels of a stout and impressive third place finish the weekend before on the mile-dirt at Illinois State Fairgrounds but an engine failure on lap nine in last Sunday's Governor's Cup 200 temporarily erased the feelings of the team's best run of the season.
"Milwaukee was extremely disappointing," said Sheltra. "It was our first engine failure of the year, so we really can't complain about that, it was just bad timing. We've had great horsepower all year long and I know that we'll have a great motor this weekend, so I'm not worried."
"Things are really looking good for the Sheltra Motorsports team," explained the 21-year old rookie. "We're focusing on the rest of the season, there are some races coming up which we feel we can grab the victory. There's also next year to look forward to do. We're working hard to concrete our plans and it looks like we'll be back in ARCA full time, so a lot is happening at Sheltra Motorsports, but it's all for the best."
Switching gears, Sheltra is heading to Gateway International Raceway with his head held high despite landing at a track that he has no prior experience at.
"I've never been to Gateway before but that's not necessarily a bad thing," offered Sheltra. "We've run extremely well on tracks that I've never had the pleasure of tacking before, I have a gut feeling this is another one of those tracks."
He continued, "My crew chief John Hayden is a racer. He knows how to build a car from the ground up. He also knows what I need in a racecar. He'll put a comfortable setup and we'll go out in practice and give it everything we have. From practice, we'll concentrate on the race. It's going to fun racing under the lights. We haven't done that in a while in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The series also tends to have a better race when we're under the lights. We want to have a presence at Gateway and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll accomplish that."
Despite the rough-go last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, Sheltra remains sixth in the championship standings entering Friday's race. Losing a lot of ground on Phillip McGilton last weekend, the avid racecar driver also knows that rebuilding the consistency he has shown in the second-half of the season can soar him into the coveted top-five.
"We have pressure from behind in the point standings, but I'm putting some pressure on myself to move into fifth. We have all the components to place ourselves into the top-five, but we have to keep doing our job of finishing up front and the points will build up. With a little luck, we can make it happen."